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July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity.

By Brooke Valenti, Patch Contributor | Jul 3, 2018 1:40 pm ET

July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. As the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) points out, mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult.

In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives proclaimed July as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, with the hope of improving access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Since then, many organizations – including the National Network to Eliminate Disparities and NAMI – have hosted a variety of events and activities in communities across the country each year.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, as NAMI reports, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.

America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. There are a number of awareness, support and advocacy activities that allow you to help spread the word. One of the easiest ways to help is by sharing minority mental health awareness information, images and graphics for #MinorityMentalHealth throughout July and show that you’re #IntoMentalHealth!

Please note our sections on this website, on this subject in Learn More > Diverse Communities.

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